From the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience:
“Despite recent executive orders and heightened rhetoric designed to stoke fear about immigrants, refugees and terrorism, the fact is not a single refugee, Syrian or otherwise, has been implicated in a terrorist attack since the Refugee Act of 1980 set up systematic procedures for accepting refugees into the United States. As our members in war-torn countries know, refugees are far more concerned with preserving life than destroying it: with finding food for their children, proper burials for their loved ones, and a place – a safe place – to call home. In 2014, our members جريدة عنب بلدي Enab Baladi and the Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies – مركز دمشق لدراسات حقوق الإنسان collected oral histories of Syrians who remained at home in the shadow of war and others who had fled to Turkey and Jordan. We’re proud to post a sampling of them today as a reminder of our shared humanity and collective vision for a peaceful future. Please share them widely as together we work towards a world of dignity and respect for all.”
In 2015, the Coalition worked with Nepali-American artist Anuj Shrestha to illustrate and provide even greater breadth to these personal accounts, which are often excluded from dominant narratives.
More about the project on the ICSC website.